• (Pasteurized) Milk is the number one cash commodity for New Mexico, producing more than $1.36 billion.
• New Mexico ranks ninth in the United States for (pasteurized) milk production and fourth in (pasteurized) cheese production.
• New Mexico produces 16 percent of the nation’s (pasteurized) cheese.
• There are more than 20,000 New Mexico farms.

These statistics are from the NMDA website. The parenthetical notations are mine. Could this have any bearing on the difficulty in obtaining raw milk in this state?